From Thursday to Saturday this week, seven venues will be occupied by 104 Irish bands playing the Hard Working Class Heroes festival playing to music fans, interested parties, industry delegates, bands, friends and all sorts. There are free daytime gigs, a convention in the Liberties speed sessions, panels, tech companies, talks and much much more. Tickets are €20 per day or €45 for the three days. It’s one of my favourite weekends in Dublin of the year. There’s a great buzz about.

Here are 18 new bands to see this weekend, I kept it strictly to bands that have not released a debut album yet. Enjoy.

Thursday | Friday | Saturday

1. Rusangano Family


Energetic talented Limerick rap trio.

Thursday October 2 – 10pm @ The Button Factory

Anyone who witnessed these two Limerick MCs (Murly goes untitled for now) live and producer John Lillis, like last Friday night’s Minimum Maximum Block-T show has felt the relentless energy of their music: an all-moving, all-interacting proper show. Plus, they have released one of the best Irish albums this year too.

2. Planet Parade


Kildare band return with a rich new sound

Thursday October 2 – 8.45pm @ Meeting House Square

Michael Hopkins and Andrew Lloyd played their first gig in four years with four band members last Friday with us and  showcased a new sound that traced a line between electronics and indie with rich songcraft and confident style. They used to sound more like The Police, now they sound more like they’re own thing.

3. Dear Desert


Dublin emotive pop purveyors.

Thursday Oct 2 – 10pm @ The Workman’s Club / 14:00 @ NDRC, In The City

A new band formed from Futures Apart and Hush War Cry, the two songs so far featuring production from Darragh Nolan have suggested an elegance and a quality in the arrangement and songwriting of these Wild Beasts-style ’80s throwback synth pop tracks. ‘Give It Up’ is a particularly exciting track.

4. Voids


Ambient bass-toned duo from Galway

Thursday Oct 2 – 8pm @ The Workman’s Club / 1:30pm @ HMV Henry Street

This Galway duo make ambient electronic music with cold tones from a warm instrument, a bass guitar and the singer Alison’s icy voice. Their new EP Begin came out last week on High Society.

5. The Academic


Mullingar indie-pop band on the up

Thursday Oct 2 10.40 @ Bad Bob’s

Four Mullingar school-friends with a penchant for pop hooks and charming indie-rock music. They’re on the way up, this weekend is a good time to catch them.

6. Atriums


Baldoyle singer-songwriter

Thursday Oct 2 10.40 @ Bad Bob’s / 1pm @ Jo Burger

Dublin singer Gavin Farrell is still in early days but citing Perfume Genius and Youth Lagoon as two influences on his bedroom folk pop has me intrigued. He’s just released his debut EP tell me we both matter, don’t we?

Thursday | Friday | Saturday

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Posted on October 3rd, 2014


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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour. Click the buttons to launch the TXFM site autoplaying links.


  1. Kleerup & Susanne Sundfør  – ‘Let Me In’
  2. Mr Twin Sister –  ‘Rude Boy’
  3. Caribou  – ‘All I Ever Need’
  4. Gruff Rhys – ‘Lost Tribes’
  5. SISSY  – ‘No Mickey on the Mouse’
  6. Elastic Sleep  – ‘You Only Live Twice’
  7. Melt Yourself Down –  ‘We Are Enough’
  8. Lapsley –  ‘Falling Short’
  9. Liza Flume – ‘Sleepless Nights’
  10. Adrian Crowley  – ‘Some Blue Morning’
  11. Milosh – ‘Right Never Comes’
  12. Thrupence –  ‘Silk’
  13. Flying Lotus –  ‘Never Catch Me’ (feat. Kendrick Lamar)


  1. SBTRKT  – ‘Higher’ (feat Raury)
  2. Benihana –  ‘Vanish’
  3. Imploded View  – ‘Starring Karl’
  4. Aphex Twin  – ‘produk 29 [101]’
  5. Arca  – ‘Thievery’
  6. Thom Yorke  – ‘Guess Again!’
  7. Prince –  ‘FUNKNROLL’
  8. Chynna x Hudmo – ‘MadeInChynna’
  9. The Celestics ft. WALDO  – ‘173 (pipo version)’
  10. Ta’East – ’72-10′
  11. Lethal Dialect – ’26 Laws’
  12. Dorian Concept  – ‘Ann River, Mn’
  13. Kiasmos –  ‘Bent’

Posted on October 3rd, 2014


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Hard Working Class Heroes today unveiled 100+ artists who will play the festival’s 12th year in Dublin from Thursday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th. This year the festival is sponsored by HMV Ireland and as is now established will feature a conference taking in mentoring, panels, advice and involvement from the tech space.

500 bands applied for the festival this year and they were judged by music people at home and abroad (including me).

Here is the list of bands that will play this year. Deeper delving into the lineup will commence here in September.

The bands

A Lazarus Soul
Benny smiles
Brian Casey
Buffalo Sunn
Buffalo Woman
Carried By Waves
Ciaran Lavery
Cloud Castle Lake
Color Sound
Columbia Mills
Conor Walsh
Deaf Joe
Dear Desert
Death In The Sickroom
DVO Marvell
Eamon bode
Elaine Mai
Elastic Sleep
Eoin Dolan
Fallen Rule
Floor Staff
Florence Olivier
Frankenstein Bolts
Ghost Estates
God Knows + mynameisjOhn
Hare Squead
His New Atlas
Hugh Hick
I have a tribe
I’m Your Vinyl
Imploded View
Jet Setter
little xs for eyes
Liza Flume
Low Sea
Maija Sofia
Maud in Cahoots
Me & My Dog
Me Auld Flower
Mere Moths
Myles Manley
Neon Atlas
Old Hannah
Paddy Hanna
Planet Parade
Red Queen Contest
Satori Je
Sleep Mc Evox
Tell No Foxx
The Academic
The Bedroom
The Black Sea Fleet
The Boxing Plot
The Clameens
The Debutantes
The Hard Ground
The Late David Turpin
The Loafing Heroes
The Magpies
The Pale
The Run Ons
The Shaker Hymn
The Statics
The Vincent(s)
Tino Ras
Val Normal
Vann Music
Walpurgis Family
Wild Promises
Yes Cadets


The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Meeting House Square.


Weekend Tickets €45 + fees, Nightly Tickets €20

HWCH is also supported by The Arts Council, Failte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the NDRC.

Posted on August 13th, 2014


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Benihana, the electronic twosome from Naas are Will Molloy and Billy Archbold. They released some impressive tracks this year that featured the sounds of ’90s electronica in its waves. The pair have collated their best tracks to date – the Mount Kimbie-esque ‘Vanish’ and the cinematic ‘Festivals’ and have packaged it them as an EP with three other tracks.

There’s the spiral synth ‘Intro’, the ambient dreamy ‘Wolves’ and my favourite of the three new tracks ‘Tell You’, the final track that has a slow stringed euphoria to it. The EP is available for a name-your-price from Bandcamp.

‘Tell You’

EP stream

Posted on November 26th, 2013



Kildare-based duo, Will Molloy and Billy Archbold aka Benihana were introduced here earlier in the year with three tracks of ’90s-leaning electronica. Their new track ‘Vanish’ is a bit more modern, it sounds like something from Mount Kimbie’s new album as it uses guitar tones and percussion to make its point coupling it with sampled voice of an interviewee who sounds like director Kevin Smith talking about his work. It’s a gentle but substantial production.

Posted on June 19th, 2013



One person whose recommendations are always worth investigating is music blogger Andriana Albert. Not only is Dre more knowledgable than most about what’s good in new music, she also has an unhealthy healthy obsession with Ireland’s electronic music scene bigging up Faws, Frank B, Young Wonder, Monto and Clu very early on.

I met up with Dre at SXSW this year and one of the tips I wrote down in my phone was Benihana, a tip which was offered without any context. Last week, I remembered the list and checked Benihana out. I shouldn’t have been surprised really but the duo of Will Molloy and Billy Archbold are actually from Naas, Co. Kildare, about 10 miles from where I grew up in Newbridge. Dre lives in LA. The world really is a small place.

Posted on April 15th, 2013